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Private Companies Have Another Year To Deal With New Lease Accounting Standards, And They’ll Probably Need It

By Dees Stribling  | Originally posted on: Bisnow.com

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has given U.S. private companies and nonprofits another year to start treating their operating leases as liabilities on their balance sheets. Now they have to do so beginning in their first fiscal year after Dec. 15, 2020, rather than after Dec. 15, 2019, as originally planned.

The change would add a significant number of liabilities to the books of companies with a lot of leased space, so companies with cash and an aversion to debt may opt to buy buildings, if possible. Other companies might turn to coworking or other short-term space. But the jury is out on whether that will happen.

In any case, the extension is good, accountants and leasing brokers said, but no reason to procrastinate on making the switch.

“In our three-plus years of working on this, it’s clear that most companies have drastically underrated the complexity of this process and the time and effort to complete the task,” said Cresa Managing Principal Don Mitchell, who is in the company’s San Diego office. “It can be daunting.”

“Applying the standards has posed a more difficult challenge than originally thought,” said CohnReznick Director Matthew Derba, who is in the company’s New York office. “I believe the deferral by FASB is a direct reflection of that.”

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/index.php/national/news/office/new-deadline-for-lease-accounting-is-2021-but-its-still-a-deadline-101586?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

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LeaseCrunch™ Update

The LeaseCrunch™ team is pleased to announce the following updates:

  • Cost Center Enhancement. You can now assign multiple cost centers to an expense general ledger account.
    • Where is it? When adding or editing a lease, cost centers are now on the GL Accounts tab.
    • How does it work? I’m glad you asked. Visit our resources page to view our 1-minute explanation video.
    • What about my existing cost centers? If you already assigned a cost center for a lease, that cost center is now on the GL Accounts page for that lease. You can now edit a lease and allocate an expense item across up to nine additional cost centers.
  • Audit Trail. For any changes going forward, you will be able to see who edited what data fields and when for each lease.
    • Where is it? When viewing or editing a lease, click on Audit Trail in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
    • How does it work? Once again, I’m glad you asked. Visit our resources page to view our 1-minute explanation video.
    • Anything else? You can also export the full audit trail for a lease to an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis.
  • Bulk Import Template Updated. If you are adding new transition leases to LeaseCrunch™, please be certain to use the latest template now available on the first step of the Bulk Import process.
  • Footnote for ASC 842. There are several items in the GAAP footnote disclosure that LeaseCrunch™ does not calculate: short-term lease expense, sublease income, and sale-leaseback gains/losses.
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How a New Lease-Accounting Standard Will Impact Transportation and Logistics

By Adam Schrom, SCB Contributor  | Originally posted on: SupplyChainBrain.com

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The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s new lease-accounting standard, ASC 842, went into effect for public transportation and logistics companies last year. FASB recently proposed extending the deadline for private companies for one year to annual periods beginning after December 15, 2020, which, as of August 2019, was still undecided. The new rules replace ASC 840, which has been used for more than 40 years, and changes the way businesses must account for finance (capital) and operating leases, moving almost all leases to the company balance sheet.

Previously, operating leases could be reported as a footnote in corporate financial statements, not affecting the balance sheet. These new reporting requirements are a fundamental change in the way businesses must now account for their lease obligations, and can have a significant impact on lease-versus-buy decisions as well as company financial statements. Even for public companies that made it through the first year of compliance, many are still struggling with developing repeatable processes to ensure continued compliance.

Transportation and logistics companies face significant challenges to ASC 842 adoption and compliance, due to the extensive and diverse types of lease assets that are central to the business. Everything from vehicle and equipment leases to leased storage units, airplanes, and ships will be affected by the change. According to the International Accounting Standards Board, companies are expected to bring upwards of $3 trillion in operating leases onto their financial statements due to the new accounting rules.… Read More

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Hidden in plain sight: Accounting for embedded leases

By Stephen G. Austin, CPA; Joel C. Colbourn; and Kristen Gibbons | Originally posted on: www.journalofaccountancy.com

FASB’s new lease accounting standard is having a significant effect on a broad range of balance sheets for all types of entities, with some companies reporting financial obligations of billions of dollars.

In addition to requiring large sums to be placed on balance sheets, the new standard is causing difficulties for preparers as they struggle to locate and extract data from their many lease contracts so they can comply with the new rules. But this is not the only difficulty preparers are facing.

Under the new standard as codified in FASB ASC Topic 842, Leases, contracts that are not clearly identified or labeled as leases may be “arrangements that contain a lease.” For example, a lease may exist when equipment is provided by a vendor in connection with the purchase of consumables or the delivery of a service. Discovery and deeper evaluation of these arrangements where leases may be hidden in plain sight has been a significant challenge for many preparers.

FASB’s previous lease accounting standard, Topic 840, also required evaluation of these arrangements, although some may say that this analysis was not considered as thoroughly as it is now that the lease liability belongs on the balance sheet under Topic 842. Often under Topic 840, the many “service contracts” that met the “arrangements that contain a lease” criteria were classified as some type of operating expense other than rent expense.

The correction of this accounting is probably a classification issue in the income and expense statement.… Read More

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Lease Accounting Change Makes EBITDA an Even Muddier Metric

By Amanda Iacone, Reporter at Bloomberg Tax | Originally posted on: news.bloombergtax.com

  • New lease accounting rules short-change comparability between international and U.S. companies
  • Data vendors, companies adjusting the universal metric for lease accounting

The corporate earnings measurement known as EBITDA stormed into popular use during the leverage buyout boom of the 1980s, as investors looked for a measure better than net income to figure out how much cash a company generated, and ultimately whether it could handle its debt.

In the decades since, it evolved into a tool for evaluating everything from credit strength to equity multiples even as it was derided as “earnings before expenses” and came under scrutiny at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Now, sweeping changes to lease accounting rules instituted this year have delivered a blow to the relevance of earnings before taxes, depreciation and amortization as the metric has been used traditionally. Differences in methods used to calculate it already limited its usefulness, said Robert Schiffman, a Bloomberg Intelligence credit research analyst, “and these accounting issues just make it a little bit more imperfect.”

The new rules for lease accounting required companies to report all long-term leases on their balance sheets for the first time.

The trillions of dollars’ worth of operating leases for airplanes, retail space, and office equipment were long estimated by investors and ratings agencies. But the accounting change triggered a few surprises for investors because, while instituted as a step toward balance sheet honesty, it also impacted earnings for such companies as Ryder System Inc., Duke Realty Corp., and Darden Restaurants Inc.… Read More

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FASB proposal to delay accounting standards could cause headaches for investors

By Michael Cohn of AccountingToday.com | Originally posted on: www.accountingtoday.com

Moody’s Investors Service is objecting to a proposal from the Financial Accounting Standards Board to delay the effective dates of its leases, hedging and credit loss standards for private companies and small public companies, saying it would reduce the comparability of financial statements of public and private companies for investor and delay IPOs and mergers.

At a meeting last month, FASB voted to defer the effective dates of four standards for private companies, nonprofits and smaller reporting companies: leases, hedging, credit losses (also known as CECL for the current expected credit loss model it uses) and long-duration insurance contracts such as life insurance (see FASB to propose delays in major accounting standards). FASB subsequently unveiled the formal proposals as proposed accounting standards updates this month (see FASB issues proposal to delay new accounting standards and FASB proposes to delay insurance accounting standard). FASB typically gives private companies an extra year to implement major new accounting standards after the effective date for public companies.

The proposals would give private companies and nonprofits at least two years beyond the effective date for larger public companies, as well as extend the effective date for smaller reporting companies (those with a public float of less than $250 million; or annual revenue of less than $100 million and either no public float or a public float of less than $700 million). FASB is proposing a new philosophy of staggering the effective dates for major standards between larger public companies and all other entities, including private companies, smaller public companies, not-for-profits and employee benefit plans.… Read More

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GASB offers implementation guide on lease accounting

By Michael Cohn, Editor-in-chief of AccountingToday.com | Originally posted on: www.accountingtoday.com

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has released questions and answers about the recent standard on accounting and financial reporting for leases by state and local governments.

Implementation Guide No. 2019-3, Leases, addresses a variety of questions about how to apply the provisions of GASB Statement No. 87, Leases, including scope and applicability; determining the term of a lease; determining if a lease qualifies for the short-term lease exception; and recognition, measurement and disclosure by lessees.

Other topics include recognition, measurement and disclosure by lessors; accounting for contracts with multiple components and contract combinations; accounting for modifications and terminations of leases, along with sale-leasebacks, lease-leasebacks and intra-entity leases.

The guidance is applicable to all state and local governments that follow U.S. GAAP when preparing their financial statements.

The guide is available for download at no charge. Printed copies will be available through the GASB Store in the weeks ahead.

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FASB issues proposal to delay new standards

By Michael Cohn of AccountingToday.com | Originally posted on: www.accountingtoday.com

The Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a proposed accounting standards update that would grant private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and certain small public companies extra time to implement the new standards on current expected credit losses (also known as CECL), leases and hedging.

The proposal comes after FASB voted earlier this month to give private companies, nonprofits and smaller reporting companies an additional year to implement the standards (see FASB to propose delays in major accounting standards). Private companies and nonprofits normally get an extra year after public companies on the effective date for implementing major new standards, but the proposal would give them an extra two years.

In the proposed update, FASB outlines a new philosophy for the effective dates for major standards between larger public companies and all other entities, including private companies, smaller public companies, not-for-profits, and employee benefit plans. Under this philosophy, a major standard would first take effect for larger public companies, and then, for all other entities, FASB would consider requiring an effective date staggered at least two years later. Generally, it’s expected that early application would continue to be permitted for all entities.

The move comes in response to complaints from many companies and accountants about the dfficulties of implementing the new standards, especially so soon after implementation of the revenue recognition standard.

“Based on what we’ve learned from our stakeholders, including the Private Company Council and the Small Business Advisory Committee, private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and some small public companies would benefit from additional time to apply major standards,” said FASB Chairman Russell Golden in a statement.… Read More

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5 things you may not know about the lease standard

By Ane Ohm, LeaseCrunch  |  Originally posted on www.accountingtoday.com.

As with any accounting standard shift, the new lease standard (ASC 842) brings momentous changes to accounting processes and financial reporting. While the main differences are well-known, I’ve taken a particular interest in the smaller nuances that live within the new standard. (Yes, I’m an accounting nerd and I love learning about and discussing all things related to leases!)

In this article, I’m sharing five of those intricacies that you may not know about the new lease standard, but that are critical to making the transition.

1. Equity likely isn’t impacted

I recently got into an argument with a potential client about this one — not the best way to start out a new relationship! And I understand where he was coming from: When changes in an accounting standard impact assets or liabilities on the books, typically the difference flows through equity. In this situation, the new lease standard is unusual in that equity is most often not impacted for initial journal entries.

Here is the correct process to follow when transitioning leases from ASC 840 to ASC 842:

  1. Calculate your lease liability, which is the present value of all future lease payments after the initial application date.
  2. Remove existing lease balances, such as deferred rent. As you reverse these balances off the books, they should flow through the right-of-use asset, not through the equity balance as is common when implementing a new accounting standard.
  3. In most cases, the ROU asset is the lease liability, plus or minus the difference of those existing balances.
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Lease Accounting: A private company perspective

By Stephen G. Austin, CPA; Michael G. Fraunces, J.D.; and Alisia Scudder, CPA  | Originally posted on: www.journalofaccountancy.com

By now, most public companies in the United States have adopted the new lease accounting standards as required on Jan. 1, 2019. Companies with noncalendar fiscal year ends will adopt the new standards sometime over the next few months.

Moving the measurements of operating leases from the footnotes of GAAP financial statements under FASB ASC Topic 840, Leases, to the balance sheet as assets and liabilities under Topic 842, Leases, has not been a simple task for corporate America. Now, private companies and most not-for-profit organizations face the same task. Entities with more than a handful of leases may be in for a surprise as to the time and expense required to address the complexity of the transition and analyze the related accounting rules that must be considered. They may also be surprised with the effect on financial statements and, perhaps, loan covenants due to potential significant changes in debt and related ratios.

Here are some of the lessons learned from act one with the public companies:

Gathering documents is a chore

In many cases, document management systems for operating leases have been less than ideal and certainly not well organized to be “Topic 842-friendly.” In our work assisting a Fortune 100 company in its compliance with Topic 842, a major challenge was locating and organizing all the relevant documents for making the assessment. Our work included assessing, on the company’s behalf, thousands of its agreements to determine whether they constitute leases under the new standard.… Read More